Culture is catching on Fri 21 Sep, as Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir returns to towns and cities across the island of Ireland.
As part of this year’s celebrations, we’re releasing a series of special podcast episodes, with contributions from familiar faces and emerging talents in Ireland’s cultural sphere.
Produced in association with Headstuff Podcast Network, the podcasts delve into different facets of culture and the arts, with some leading thinkers, doers and makers exploring the ways in which our cultural heritage enhances our experiences.
The Spirit of Irish
Host: Manchán Magan
Guests: Ciara Ní É, Billy Mag Fhloinn and Gabriel Rosenstock
The Irish language can be a battleground, a hot potato, a hornet’s nest, but let’s step away from all that …. Let’s instead try to explore the essence of the language, the life-pulse that runs through it. There is an energy encoded within teanga na Gaeilge – a mind-set, a spirit, as well as innumerably folk memories. Join Manchán Magan with guests Ciara Ní É, Billy Mag Fhloinn and Gabriel Rosenstock to explore this ancient, native means of communication that has carried forth our culture within it and still impacts our culture in direct and tangible ways today.
Host: Róise Goan
Guests: Fiona Kearney (The Glucksman), Lynn Scarff (National Museum of Ireland), Simon O’Connor (MoLI)
How does the design of a space influence the work it contains and the experience of audiences who engage with it? How does this vary from old buildings to new and renovated spaces? What are our priorities in terms of designing cultural spaces in terms of representing the needs of artists and artefacts to the needs of visitors? Róise Goan (The Local Group) is joined in conversation by Fiona Kearney (The Glucksman), Lynn Scarff (National Museum of Ireland), Simon O’Connor (MoLI) to discuss these questions and more.
Cities as Playgrounds
Host: Jane Gleeson
Guests: Edel Tobin (Waterford Walls), Aaron Copeland (A Playful City), Rebekah McCabe (Save CQ), Holly Pereira (muralist)
Our urban landscape provides an opportune canvas for creative expression and cultural activity. Artists across Ireland are using unique and innovative skills to foster play in urban spaces and cityscapes transforming grey walls into stages and installations. In this episode of the Culture Night Podcast, Jane Gleeson of Above the Fold meets people behind projects like Waterford Walls, A Playful City and Save CQ Belfast to find out how creatives are using their skills to reclaim streets and cities and consider the obstacles that stand in their way.
Music: Sean Nós Nua
Host: Eoghan O’Sullivan
Guests: Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister), Daithí Ó Drónaí, Inni-K and Radie Peat
This episode of the Culture Night Podcast explores how a new generation of Irish musicians are repurposing traditional musical instruments, melodies and rhythms to create contemporary sounds. Saint Sister, Daithí, Radie Peat and Inni-K join Eoghan O’Sullivan (The Point of Everything) in conversation to discuss how how they relate to trad music and traditional elements, and how they marry these with more modern influences to develop their respective sounds.
Episodes will be available to download across all platforms, and from culturenight.ie, on the morning of Fri 21 Sep, helping to whet your appetite for all the fun-filled activity that lies ahead that night.
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The Culture Night Podcast is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and The Gaeltacht.